The purpose of The Scottish Football Partnership’s Growing the Game Award is to assist Scottish FA Quality Mark clubs add one new team to their playing membership. The funding provided assists with the start-up cost of a new team and is delivered in conjunction with the Regional Football Development staff. This ambitious pilot project aims to create 60 new Grassroots teams during the 2014/15 season.
Montrose Youth F.C. (East)
16 new players created
7 –v- 7 format of the game
Montrose Youth F.C. was delighted to receive a grant from The Scottish Football Partnership’s “Growing the Game” Initiative. The club currently have 16 girls signed and an additional 4 girls attending training, allowing the creation of two teams – Montrose Youth Blue Sox and Montrose Youth White Sox. Both teams attended recent festivals at Dundee and St Andrews and have been busy playing in friendly matches before their league matches start in August.
Gary Greenwood from the club commented that “The interest and support from the girls and parents has been fantastic and the rate of development has been rapid. The girls, many of which had not kicked a ball before, are already competitive with the strongest teams in the age group. Attendance at training is excellent and we are looking to expand numbers. This is the first time Montrose Youth has had an under-11 girls team and it now gives girls an opportunity to play from 9-15 with current teams. Our next goal is to create an under 17s.”
“The funding from The Scottish Football Partnership was vital to add to our existing funds to enable us to buy basic kit such as balls, cones and kit bags. Some of the money also went towards a training strip. As coaches, we believe where possible that it benefits the team if everyone is wearing the same kit even at training.”